Volunteer East Tennessee is closely monitoring the rapidly evolving circumstances surrounding the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and its potential impact on our nonprofit partners and volunteers. Our top priority is the health and safety of our community and we are heeding the CDC’s recommendations.

We will continue to support projects led by our partner organizations who rely on volunteers to deliver essential services during this time, and who can post these special volunteer needs on our website.


Information for Individual & Group Volunteers

Resources for Nonprofits & Community Organizations


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Food Packing (C19)

Volunteers are needed to pre-pack food items for families during COVID-19 response. Healthy Volunteer Guidelines If you are taking part in volunteer projects during this time, we ask that you observe the following precautions: Please do not volunteer if you are sick or feeling unwell. Please do not volunteer if you have been near someone who is sick. Please do not volunteer if you have experienced domestic or international travel to high-risk areas with known COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) spread, or travel by cruise, in the previous 14 days. Please do not volunteer if you are at higher risk for serious illness from COVID-19. Please do not shake hands with anyone if you are attending a volunteer project. Please be advised that staff may ask you to leave the volunteer project if you show signs of illness or if you insist on making physical contact.

Knoxville, TN

3/31/20 9:00 AM + more

COVID-19 Response Volunteers

We know that volunteers are eager to give back during these times, and many of our community partners continue to serve their clients during this outbreak. Volunteer East Tennessee is working with Knox County, the City of Knoxville, and our nonprofit partners to determine where volunteers are most needed. As the needs of our community emerge, organizations are scaling up their responses. For now, we are creating an active volunteer list to communicate needs as they present at a future date. Please click on the EXPRESS INTEREST button below to be added to the Critical Response Volunteer List. Continue to check our website and social media channels for updated information about how you can best direct your time to support our community.


Deliver Meals to Seniors (C19)

Normally, over 950 homebound seniors receive meal deliveries from ~100 volunteers each day in Knox County. As concerns around COVID-19 increase, the need for additional Mobile Meals volunteers will also rise. At this time, new volunteers are NOT needed. However, please click the EXPRESS INTEREST button below if you are willing to be contacted for future meal delivery volunteer needs. Deliveries are made Monday - Friday, routes take about 2 hours to complete, and pickup time is anytime between 9:45 am - 11:00 am. A short orientation is conducted before leaving for your first delivery. Volunteers must be licensed drivers and use their own vehicles for deliveries.


Senior Care Calls (C19)

Although social distancing is an effective way to minimize the risk COVID-19 presents to seniors, the feelings of loneliness and depression could rise. Also an increase in errand support is expected in our community. Through friendly, non-clinical conversational language combined with suggestions of healthy activities, and coaching we can help reduce the feeling of loneliness. We need your help maintaining regular contact with our seniors during the COVID-19 social distancing protocol. Your work will help our seniors keep food in their homes, maintain their medication, and provide errand support as necessary. Training is provided. Basic technical skills (use of cell phone and/or computer) required. Volunteer Commitment: Call at least three seniors twice a week for at least four weeks. Optional running errands for your seniors.


Volunteer East Tennessee
P.O. Box 1229
Knoxville, TN 37901

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